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Accessible Recreation Destinations

Accessible Recreation Facilities Organized by County

New York campgrounds, educational centers and other facilities offer many recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, including camping, picnicking, fishing and nature viewing. DEC's regional offices and education centers have been renovated to facilitate wheelchair travel from parking lots into buildings. Parking lots and walkways are paved, and ramps and wider doorways help accommodate wheelchair traffic. In addition, DEC has remodeled restrooms for use by people with disabilities. Toilets, sinks, mirrors, water fountains, towel and soap dispensers, and grab bars are installed at wheelchair level.

Links on this page provide details on a number of accessible facilities including a description of accessible elements at specific locations, directions and contact information where applicable. For maps, see the left hand column or visit the Google Maps and Earth webpage or the State Lands Interactive Mapper (SLIM).

DEC's outdoor facilities are susceptible to storm damage, weathering, and natural disturbance. We encourage visitors to contact DEC's Access Coordinators directly to discuss their individual needs and recreational pursuits with knowledgeable staff.

A wheelchair and its occupant on an accessible trail

Accessible Features

The accessible features for the different areas include:

  • Picnic pads: firm stable surface suitable for mobility devices, with accessible picnic tables, some with barbecue grills or fire rings, and water spigots at wheelchair level when located at a DEC campground.
  • Camping pads: firm stable surface suitable for mobility devices of various sizes depending on location, some with picnic accessories - some pads have dirt centers for easier tent staking.
  • Fishing areas: shoreline access sites or piers with safety rails.
  • Nature viewing: wood or hard surface walkways, ramps and observation platforms.
  • Water access: wood or hard surface walkways to the water's edge.
Key of Accessible Icons
Accessible BoatingBoating Accessible TrailsTrails Accessible Equestrian RidingEquestrian Accessible Nature ObservationNature Observation
Accessible CampingCamping Accessible FishingFishing Accessible PicnickingPicnicking Interpretive SiteInterpretive Site

* Primitive campsites provide an undeveloped roadside camping experience on a no-fee, first-come-first-served basis.
† DEC's Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) permit is available to qualifying people with disabilities through regional DEC offices.

Linked Counties have Recreational Areas with Access Features for People with Disabilities
Albany Dutchess Madison Putnam Tioga
Allegany Erie Monroe Rensselaer Tompkins
Broome Essex Montgomery Rockland Ulster
Cattaraugus Franklin Nassau Saratoga Warren
Cayuga Fulton Niagara Schenectady Washington
Chautauqua Genesee Oneida Schoharie Wayne
Chemung Greene Onondaga Schuyler Westchester
Chenango Hamilton Ontario Seneca Wyoming
Clinton Herkimer Orange St.Lawrence Yates
Columbia Jefferson Orleans Steuben
Cortland Lewis Oswego Suffolk
Delaware Livingston Otsego Sullivan

Albany County

  • Bethlehem Boat Launch Site Accessible Boating
    Henry Hudson Park. Located off Lyons Road Approx. 1/2 mile north of the Hamlet of Cedar Hill on NY Route 144.
    Boat launch on Hudson River.
  • Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Accessible PicknickingAccessible TrailsInterpretive SiteAccessible Nature Observation
    Off Rte. 443, 2 miles southwest of Delmar
    (518) 475-0291
    Day use, picnic pads, picnic tables, rest rooms, nature walk, pavilion, 2 wheelchair-accessible interpretive trails, visitor's center with interpretive guides in braille, large print and inclusive programming

Allegany County

Broome County

  • Whitney Point Boat Launch Site Accessible Boating
    Off Route 26, 1 mile north of the Whitney Point Reservoir Dam in Dorchester Park.
    Boat launch on Whitney Point Reservoir.

Cattaraugus County

Chautauqua County

  • Cassadaga Lake Accessible Fishing
    Fishing platform at boat launch site on Middle Lake
  • Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management Area Hunting Blind Accessible Nature ObservationAccessible Fishing
    Route 394, western shore, 0.5 mile south of I-86, Route 394 intersection
    Waterfowl hunting blind / fishing deck.
  • Hannum Road Day Use Area at Chautauqua Gorge State Forest Accessible PicnickingAccessible TrailsInterpretive Site
    From Mayville, take Route 430 west to Hannum Road (right turn).
    Accessible picnic pavilions, 0.25 mile trail, privy and interpretive kiosk
  • Sunset Bay Boat Launch Site Accessible Boating
    From Rte 5 & 20 turn north on Alleghany Rd, follow to end.
    Boat launch with restroom on Lake Erie at Cattaraugus Creek.

Chenango County

Clinton County

Columbia County

  • Germantown Boat Launch Site Accessible Boating
    Off Route 9G in Hamlet of N. Germantown to Northern Blvd, to end of Anchorage Rd.
    Boat launch on Hudson River.

Cortland County

  • Casterline Pond Accessible Fishing
    Rte. 11 just north of Homer
    Accessible toilet, fishing pier

Delaware County

Dutchess County

Erie County

Essex County

Franklin County

Fulton County

  • Northampton Beach Campground Accessible CampingAccessible Picnicking
    Rte. 30, 1.5 miles south of Northville
    (518) 863-6000
    Day use, camping, picnic pads, grills, picnic tables, 12 camping pads, rest rooms, pavilion
  • Northville Boat Launch Site Accessible BoatingAccessible Fishing
    Rte. 30 in Village of Northville
    Boat launch and fishing pier on the Great Sacandaga Reservoir

Greene County

Hamilton County

Herkimer County

  • Basket Factory Road Campsite Accessible CampingAccessible Picnicking
    Basket Factory Road, Town of Webb
    Primitive* campsite with privy, picnic table, tent pad and fire ring
  • McCarty Road Campsite Accessible CampingAccessible Picnicking
    McCarty Road, Town of Webb
    Primitive* campsite with privy, picnic table, tent pad and fire ring
  • Moss Lake Picnic Area and Campsites Accessible PicnickingAccessible CampingAccessible TrailsAccessible Nature Observation
    Co Rte. 1, Town of Webb
    Privy, picnic table, tent pad, fire ring, Trail, campsites, viewing deck, benches
  • Nicks Lake Campground Accessible CampingAccessible PicnickingAccessible BoatingAccessible Fishing
    Off Rte. 28, 1.5 miles southwest of Old Forge
    (315) 369-3314
    Day use, camping, picnic pads, grills, picnic tables, camping pads, showers, rest rooms, pavilion, Canoe launch, fishing pier, new restroom building
  • Quiver Pond Accessible Fishing
    State Rte 28 to Old Forge. In the center of town, take South Shores Acres Road (County Route 118) five and a half miles to Quiver Pond on the right.
    Accessible fishing, parking
  • Remsen Falls Picnic Site Accessible TrailsAccessible Picnicking
    Off Rte. 28, 3 miles east of McKeever
    (315) 866-6330
    Parking, privy, trail, picnic site on Moose River near falls (accessible by MAPPWD† permit)
  • Stillwater Reservoir Boat Launch Site Accessible Boating
    On Stillwater Road, 28 miles east of Village of Lowville
    Boat launch with parking, restrooms and pavilion
  • Stillwater Reservoir Campsites Accessible CampingAccessible Picnicking
    Number Four Road, 18 miles east of Lowville
    Parking, tent pad, fire ring, picnic table and privy at three campsites

Jefferson County

  • Black Pond Trail Accessible TrailsAccessible Fishing
    Bolton Road, Town of Ellisburg
    Wildlife observation, 0.4-mile trail passing through woodland, wetland and dune areas and ending on the Lake Ontario shoreline, plus a fishing pier and an observation deck
  • Black River Bay at Muskellunge Creek Hand Launch Accessible Boating
    On Route 180, 1 1/4 mile south of Village of Dexter. Located in Dexter Marsh Wildlife Management Area.
    Car-top boat launch with parking and dock on the Black River Bay of Lake Ontario
  • Cape Vincent Fisheries Station Accessible PicnickingAccessible Fishing
    Off Rte. 12E, Cape Vincent
    (315) 654-2147
    Picnic pads, grills, picnic tables, fishing access, rest rooms
  • Lakeview Wildlife Management Area Trail Accessible Trails
    State Rte. 3, 15 miles northwest of Pulaski
    Wildlife observation, 0.7-mile trail passing through an upland wooded segment of the Lakeview WMA and Southwick Beach State Park

Lewis County

Madison County

  • Nelson Swamp Interpretive Trail Accessible TrailsInterpretive SiteAccessible Nature Observation
    From Rte 20, East of Cazenovia, South on Stone Quarry Rd
    0.7 mile interpretive trail, many scenic elements including stream overlook, parking
  • Oneida Lake South Shore Boat Launch Site Accessible Boating
    Off Route 31, 1 mile east of Hamlet of Bridgeport.
    Boat launch with privy and loading dock.
  • Upper Lelands Pond Accessible BoatingAccessible Fishing
    On Rte 26 just south of Rte 46 intersection.
    Boat launch with loading dock, large pond suited for small boats, canoe/kayak, fishing pier

Monroe County

Montgomery County

Nassau County

Oneida County

Onondaga County

  • Hamlin Marsh Wildlife Management Area Accessible Nature Observation
    From Rte. 481 Exit 12, east on Rte. 31, to Henry Clay Blvd., south just over the highway
    Hunting blind and observation decks overlooking water and marsh, opportunities to view waterfowl, nesting marshland birds and osprey, no privy
  • Labrador Hollow Unique Area Accessible FishingAccessible TrailsAccessible Nature Observation
    Off Rte. 80, Rte. 91 to Apulia
    Hiking trail to Tinker Falls, fishing pier, nature trail boardwalk through marshlands, restroom building
  • Skaneateles Lake Boat Launch Site Accessible Boating
    Off Route 41A, 2 1/2 miles south of the Village of Skaneateles
    Boat Launch

Oswego County

  • Oneida Fish Hatchery Accessible Nature Observation
    Located in the Village of Constantia
    Tour the state's only walleye hatchery
  • Oneida Lake at I-81 Accessible Fishing
    Exit 31, follow signs
    Paved paths to fishing access on Oneida Lake, north and south sides, under highway bridge
  • Oneida Lake at Toad Harbor Accessible Fishing
    From I-81 Exit 32, east on 49 to Toad Harbor Rd., south to the lake, bear right
    Fishing platform on small inlet of Oneida Lake
  • Salmon River at NY Route 3 Accessible Fishing
    Half-mile north of intersection with NY Route 13
    Fishing platform along Rte. 3
  • Salmon River Falls Trail Accessible TrailsAccessible Nature Observation
    From Altmar, CR 22 north to Falls Rd.
    Accessible trail to scenic overlook of 100-foot falls, beautiful scenery, wide accessible trail, handrail along upper portion.
  • Salmon River Fish Hatchery Accessible Nature ObservationInterpretive Site
    Located in Altmar, NY
    (315) 298-5051
    Watch the salmon run and tour the hatchery
  • Salmon River Reservoir at Redfield Accessible Nature ObservationAccessible Fishing
    County Route 17 in the Hamlet of Redfield
    (315) 298-5051
    Wheelchair access to observation/fishing deck

Otsego County

  • Basswood Pond Accessible PicnickingAccessible Fishing
    Off Rte. 80, 1 mile north of Burlington
    Day use, picnic pads, grills, picnic tables, fishing access, rest rooms

Putnam County

  • White Pond Accessible Fishing
    Off Rte. 42, NW of Lake Carmel
    Fishing access

Saratoga County

Schenectady County

Schuyler County

  • Six Nations Trail System Accessible Equestrian RidingAccessible Picnicking
    Located about 7 miles west of Watkins Glen, near the hamlets of Tyrone and Bradford
    35-mile horse/snowmobile trail, horse-mounting platform and picnic tables at the Fire Tower Recreation Area, picnic tables at the Lower Evergreen parking lot

St. Lawrence County

Steuben County

  • Birdseye Hollow Park and Sanford Lake Accessible Picnicking
    Northeast of the villages of Savona and Bath.
    Birdseye Hollow Park -Take CR 16 north, then about 1/2 mile north on CR 96
    Birdseye Hollow Park has a picnic area with pavilion, path, bridge and floating fishing pier overlooking Birdseye Pond (Path to picnic pavilion has about 25 feet of 11% slope).
    Sanford Lake - Take SR 226 north about 2.5 miles, then about 1 mile north on Round Lake Rd, then north on the Departments Public Forest Access Rd.
    Sanford Lake has a paved path to a picnic area and break wall overlooking Sanford Lake, for camping reservations visit the Bath DEC Sub-office.
  • Cameron State Forest Accessible Nature Observation
    Located six miles southwest of Bath on CR 10, W. Cameron Rd for Cameron Pond and Stone House Rd for beaver ponds.
    MAPPWD† permit access to Cameron Pond, two beaver ponds, and to a field and views of the Canisteo River Valley

Suffolk County

Sullivan County

Ulster County

Warren County

Washington County

Wayne County

Key

* Primitive campsites provide an undeveloped roadside camping experience on a no-fee, first-come-first-served basis.
† DEC's Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD) permit is available to qualifying people with disabilities through regional DEC offices.